Ballet

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Olivia Jaymes Runquist

I recently had the pleasure of asking Olivia Jaymes Runquist some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Olivia is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her dedication and passion for ballet is infectious. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 4 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Edge Studios. @edgestudiosyyc

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for 4 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Freed pointe shoes. My favourite maker is crown.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My older sister used to dance so I wanted to dance. I first got seriously into my ballet training only a few years ago with guidance from my current teacher.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is either Kitri Act 1 or Dulcinea.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for San Francisco Ballet or American Ballet Theatre

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

I dont really have a favourite memory but every class I love to do plies because every time I do them I fall in love with ballet again!

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Some dancers that inspire me are Misty Copeland, Marianela Núñez, and Dusty Button. I love the way they all dance in their own individual ways!

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

The best advice I’ve ever received from a teacher is to always pretend like you have an audience in front of you. I think my expression when dancing has improved since I’ve been applying that.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic tutus are my favourite.

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

I like to spend time with my friends and family, play with my puppies, or go to the gym to strengthen. I also like to bake and of course sometimes watch my favourite shows on Netflix!

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